Released in Japan in 2005 and then in Europe and North America the year after, Yakuza is an action/adventure game with Japan's criminal underworld as the backdrop. As Kazuma Kiryu, you take to the streets of the fictional Kamurocho and follow an intriguing story filled with many fun and interesting characters. Along the way, you also beat the ever-living shit out of hundreds of thugs and yakuza using your hands and whatever you can get your hands on. You can also take time out of your busy... Topics: let's play, Jamesman, Yakuza
Chulip is an adventure game that is so bizarre, it can only be described as "violently Japanese." You play the role of a young schoolboy who is moving to a new town with his father. There, you meet the (literal) girl of your dreams, and it's your goal to improve your reputation and win her heart. How do you do this? By kissing everyone and everything you possibly can so she will think you're cool. Seriously. But it's not just people we'll be kissing. No animal, vegetable, or mineral... Topics: let's play, chulip, jamesman
In 1999, a little developer called Neversoft had a game published by a little company called Activision. That game was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - An arcade-style skateboarding game featuring one of the biggest names of the sport (Well, several, actually). It proved to be very well received, and has not only spawned almost a dozen sequels and a handful of spinoffs, but helped bring skateboarding into the mainstream. Original Archived Version available at the Let's Play Archive Topics: let's play, jamesman, tony hawk's pro skater
In the fall of 2004, Activision released the Raven Software-developed X-Men Legends on multiple platforms. An interesting take on the "comic book game" genre, XML is an action RPG, in which you create 4-person teams from the 14 playable characters, and earn experience and money to increase their abilities. Storywise, the game's focus is on "new" character Alison Crestmere, who is of interest to both the Brotherhood of Mutants and the X-Men. She's mostly just an excuse to...